Local producers are making their way out to the fields as seeding is getting underway in the area. 

According to Ministry of Agriculture Crops Extension Specialist Meghan Rosso, seeding isn’t quite in full swing yet, but it is expected to ramp up very soon. 

“Given the current moisture that we’re having, it’ll potentially slow producers down a little bit, but I would say over the next week there’ll definitely be more producers in and about the fields seeding,” said Rosso. 

She added that seeding is on schedule considering the moisture levels that we have experienced. 

Considering the mild winter we experienced, many producers are dealing with dry conditions to begin seeding. However, the rain we received this week will be welcomed by farmers even though it will slow them down. 

“The moisture that we are currently getting is a welcome sight to producers to carry us through into seeding,” said Rosso. 

Rosso talked about what kinds of crops are being put in the ground this early in the season. 

“Typically, we are aiming for crops that have a little higher frost tolerance just being that we are a little bit earlier in the season. We want to ensure that we’re saving some of our more sensitive crops to frost to be seeded later on into May,” she said. 

For a more detailed look at seeding, the Ministry of Agriculture is currently working on the first weekly crop report, which is expected to be released in the next couple of weeks.